People deal with struggles at some point in their lives; even the happiest, most well-adjusted people need support at some point. If you or a loved one is facing a serious problem, a support group can help. Support groups help you find and talk to people who understand your problem; the people in those groups have been through what you're going through and can help. In addition, support groups show you you're not alone in your struggle. Here are four common support group types to look into when you're dealing with a serious problem:
Approximately one in four Americans suffer from mental illness of some sort. This may be a serious illness like bipolar disorder or extreme social anxiety, or it may be a milder illness such as seasonal depression or mild anxiety. Meeting people with similar problems can help you find ways of coping, show you how to find additional resources, and reassure you that you're not alone.
Substance abuse, whether alcohol or drugs, is a complex problem that may require multiple layers of treatment. But a group therapy session can help you sort out your feelings as you detox and move through the stages of recovery while uncovering some resources that might be able to help you navigate your recovery a little better. To get a better understanding of what it can do for you, read the addiction recovery blog from the Palm Beach Institute to help you learn from other peoples experiences.
Coping With Disease
Many support groups focus on how to handle diseases, whether you're the patient or a loved one is. There are groups for just about every disease, from cancers to blood diseases to sexually transmitted infections. As with most of the other support groups, in these groups you'll find a community of people who understand what you're going through, and some have been through what you're dealing with at the moment and can give you advice on how to cope.
Violent crimes, natural disasters and an assortment of other afflictions...survivors of these traumas often face long-term emotional distress in the aftermath. It's important that these survivors are supported by groups that focus on their continued emotional well-being. They provide a source of strength and compassion that help the survivor progress to emotional health.
Most people, even somewhat private people, can benefit from support groups when the chips are down. It's important to find like-minded groups of people who understand your particular struggle and are committed to your health and well-being. Whether you commit to a group long-term or only go to a few meetings, there is a group that can help you.